Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois

In 2018 the state of Illinois issued 109,054 Work Opportunity Tax Credit certifications.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, known as WOTC, is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from target groups, that include qualified Veterans, individuals on food stamps and more. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is available throughout the United States, and in 2018 it was worth $5.3 Billion dollars to employers. 2,204,142 total Work Opportunity Tax Credits were issued in the United States in 2018.

Nationwide Illinois issued 4.95% of WOTC Tax Credits in 2018. Illinois was also one of five states that issued over 100,000 in WOTC credits.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics for Illinois 2018:

WOTC Target Group Total Certifications Percentage
SNAP (Food Stamps) 93,430 85.67%
Designated Community Resident 1,908 1.75%
SSI Recipient 429 0.39%
Ex-felon 1,249 1.15%
Long Term Unemployment 4,002 3.67%
Veteran unemployed 4 Weeks 1,350 1.24%
Veteran unemployed 6 Months 1,392 1.28%
IV-A (TANF) 46 0.04%
Long term IV-A (TANF) 4,812 4.41%
Veteran Receiving SNAP 193 0.18%
Ticket Holder 0 0.00%
Vocational Rehabilitation 149 0.14%
Disabled Veteran unemp. 6 Mo. 86 0.08%
Disabled Veteran 8 0.01%
Summer Youth 0 0.00%

More about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit’s target groups.

 

Illinois WOTC Tax Credit Certification 2014 – 2018:

WOTC Certifications Current Pending* Denials Total Requests
2018 109,054 14,865 208,919 332,838
2017 107,880 8,230 157,808 273,918
2016 165,538 9,007 164,252 338,797
2015 109,361 108,639 113,099 331,099
2014 107,135 4,501 107,319 218,955

*Pending at time of publishing (July 2019).

 

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